December 27

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The Protomartyr Stephen

Third Day of the Feast of the Nativity; Holy Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen (34); Saint Maximus, Pope of Alexandria (282); Martyrs Maurice, with his son Photinus, and 70 soldiers, at Apamea (286-305); Saint Theodore, Patriarch of Constantinople (686); Venerable Theodore the Branded (Theodore Graptus), of Palestine and Bithynia, Confessor, brother of St. Theophanes the Hymnographer (840); Venerable Luke, Abbot of the Monastery of the Deep Stream in Triglia, in Bithynia; Saint Fabiola, a patrician in Rome who gave up all earthly pleasures and devoted herself to the practice of Christian asceticism and charitable work (399); Saint Svyatoslav II Yaroslavich, Prince of Chernihiv, son of St Yaroslav the Wise (1076); Venerable Abbot Boniface (Vinogradsky), founder of St. Panteleimon Monastery, Kiev (1871); New Hieromartyrs Tikhon (Nikanorov), Archbishop of Voronezh, and with him 160 martyred priests (1919); Virgin-Martyr Antonina (1937); Other Commemorations: Uncovering of Relics (1514) of Venerable Pherapont (Therapont) of Mozhaisk, Luzhetsk (feast day May 27); Repose of Nicholas Ilminsky, Missionary to the Tatars (1891); Repose of Archimandrite Agathangelus of Svir and Valaam (1909); Repose of Helen Ivanovna Motovilova (1910); Repose of Abbot Athanasius of Grigoriou Monastery, Mount Athos (1953); Repose of Archimandrite Seraphim (Rozenberg) of the Pskov-Caves Monastery (1993); Icon of the Mother of God "the Merciful".